Head of Jamaica's Financial Investigations Division, Justin Felice, has reacted with humility after being named among hundreds of people honoured by The Queen this new year.
Felice, who has served in the police force in the United Kingdom (UK) and Jamaica, was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contribution to national security in both countries.
Former Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green, who had also previously served in the UK police force, will join Felice as an officer of the OBE.
Green, whose eight-year stint in the Jamaican police force ended in July, is credited with bringing about significant improvements to Jamaica's criminal investigations, particularly homicides. On leaving the force, he said he planned to spend his retirement years in France.
No date has been set for the men to receive their honours, but Felice, the former head of the Anti-Corruption Branch, said he expected to be notified by The Queen.
The OBE is the fourth-highest honour bestowed by The Queen. The others, in order of seniority, are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross, Knight Commander or Dame Commander and the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
"It's been a long career ... . I have worked very hard throughout my career and I am really privileged and honoured that The Queen has bestowed on me such a high award," Felice told The Gleaner yesterday.
"I am really proud of the fact that I am being recognised for the work that I have given over the years to law and order," he added.
Felice said the award was recognition of the hard work done by his colleagues in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), "particularly those at the Anti-Corruption Branch".
"Also my colleagues in the senior command of the JCF who have adopted new policies and procedures to rid the organisation of corruption," he continued.